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Inviting themselves to the party

Dear Annie: My daughter is getting married in two weeks. My 80-year-old mother-in-law is unable to attend, but she called us with a request. Her daughter, “Donna,” the bride’s aunt, will be flying across the country with her two young children to attend the wedding. She asked whether Donna’s two children could have a role […]

With friends like these

Dear Annie: How do you cope with a friendship where the person stays connected just enough to continually remind you of how unimportant you are? I have a friend with whom I was once quite close. We exercised and ran errands together, and when she was seriously ill, I spent countless hours visiting, reading to […]

Dueling issues complicate marriage

Dear Annie: I am 62 years old and have been married to “Clyde” for 12 years. We do not have a sexual relationship. He prefers to sleep on the sofa and always has, saying it’s more comfortable. Clyde had a horrible childhood. He told me that his mother had sex with various men in his […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111 (comments), 202-456-1414 (switchboard); fax: 202-456-2461; email: visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/policycomments.cfm Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me House of Representatives Rep. John […]

Overtime pay rule is a risky bet

By Aparna Mathur President Obama’s recently proposed rule for overtime pay is well-intentioned, but it has the unfortunate potential to harm the very workers it intends to help. Under current policy, employers must pay workers time and a half for every hour beyond the 40-hour work week if the worker earns a salary of less […]

Raise wages by expanding overtime pay

By Richard Trumka Imagine this: You’re a manager at a local convenience store. You supervise staff, justify inventory, hire and fire hourly workers, and even share some of their responsibilities. You like your job, but it pays a salary of only $30,000 a year, and you’re still required to work from 8 a.m. until 8 […]

Venting about home situation

Dear Annie: I am running out of advice for my daughter, “Katie.” She lives with her fiancé. Last year, his middle-aged, disabled father moved in with them. A month ago, his sister, her fiancé and their two toddlers also moved in. The children wreak havoc on her clean, organized home. Neither the sister nor the […]

Expected too much from her

Dear Annie: I am a divorced male in my mid-50s. A couple of years ago, I met a divorced woman through a mutual friend. We share a common hobby, which led to us spending hours of time together, often just the two of us. I asked my lady friend early on if she was interested […]

Kid doesn’t want anyone touching him

Dear Annie: When is it OK for a child not to want to be touched by anyone, including his parents? My 10-year-old grandson doesn’t want to hug anyone, nor does he like people putting their hands on his back, shoulder or head. Should this just be accepted? Should we use behavior modification so he will […]

Seeing more of the neighbors

Dear Annie: My wife and I are lucky to live near the friendliest, most helpful neighbors we could ask for. They are a middle-aged European couple who moved to the States two years ago. Here’s the problem. They have a swimming pool in their backyard, and when they use it, they do not wear swimsuits. […]

Old news makes for new pain

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 40 years. When we were first dating, my future wife unexpectedly set me aside to explore the possibilities of seeing another man. It was a difficult time for me. The other man was a mutual acquaintance, for whom I didn’t much care, which intensified my […]

Trouble with the brother-in-law

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for 12 years. We have three children. His mother is still living, and he has one younger brother. My issue is with this brother, “James.” A few years ago, James cheated on his then-girlfriend, “Sheila,” with whom he has a daughter. Sheila also has a son […]

Board shows bad leadership on AIM

By Jeff Dale To the anti-GATE majority on the Davis school board: After engaging in this “debate” since it was thrust upon me on June 4, I have learned a few things. I’ve learned that you have heard the diverse and voluminous research showing that the best practice, on both pedagogy and cost, for educating […]

Here we go again …

By Chuck Rairdan In light of the newly revived skirmishes on the GATE/AIM front, it would appear we are in for another long, hot summer in the school board chambers. And, it turns out, the devil is in the details. Running up on midnight June 4, the school board was involved in a lengthy discussion […]

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